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masticatory

[ mas-ti-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈmæs tɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective
of, relating to, or used in or for mastication.
noun, plural mas·ti·ca·to·ries.
Pharmacology. a medicinal substance to be chewed, as to promote the secretion of saliva.
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Origin of masticatory

From the New Latin word masticātōrius, dating back to 1605–15. See masticate, -tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM masticatory

un·mas·ti·ca·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for masticatory

masticatory
/ (ˈmæstɪkətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective
of, relating to, or adapted to chewing
noun plural -tories
obsolete a medicinal substance chewed to increase the secretion of saliva
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Medical definitions for masticatory

masticatory
[ măstĭ-kə-tôr′ē ]

adj.
Of, relating to, or used in mastication.
Adapted for chewing.
n.
A medicinal substance that is chewed to increase salivation.
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